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  • University of California San Diego School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • La Jolla
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Tell me about your high school and the best teacher you had." Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"How are you going to balance career and family?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"What would you do if you could not do medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me about your high school and the best teacher you had." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"See above. Yikes! I can't think back that far :)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"The usual: I read over my UCSD secondary, AMCAS primary, and SDN feedback. I also read about the school on-line." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The research facilities are amazing! UCSD and Scripps have some of the best research around. Also, you can't beat the year-round paradise weather of La Jolla. Also, UCSD is essentially beach front property. I also liked the student-run clinics." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"To be honest, the students seemed incredibly stressed there. Too much lecture time and H/P/F system make for unncessary competition. I am not sure, but at most of the other UC medical schools, the basic science years have a P/F currciculum only, but at SD, there is an honors option. Also, La Jolla is an incredibly pricey city!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There is a lot of lecture time and stressed-out students." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"UCSD is a great school with amazing research and primary care programs. I was definitely impressed by this during interview day. However, the curriculum at UCSD is still heavily lecture-based, and students seemingly spend most of their time in lecture (and, therefore, I saw many unhappy students there). Overall, interview day went well (even though there was an early 7:45 AM start time). Just relax and enjoy the weather...the interviewers are pretty laid back." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/04/2004

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